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Monroe Marijuana Possession Attorneys
The most common drug offense in Monroe NJ is possession of marijuana. While the more typical variety encountered our attorneys is possession of 50 grams or less in Monroe Municipal Court, there are also fourth degree cases that arise in the municipality. If you have been charged with either type of marijuana offense, a Monroe criminal lawyer at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver has the qualifications you need. Our defense team at our firm includes former prosecutors and eight criminal lawyers who have handled countless marijuana possession charges of the last several decades. We are also extremely familiar with the workings at both the municipal court level and at the Superior Court. For immediate assistance from an attorney on our staff, contact us anytime 24/7.
Possession of 50 Grams or Less of Marijuana in Monroe NJ
When the quantity possessed in Monroe is 50 grams or less, marijuana possession is a disorderly person offenses under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10. The penalties for this charge include a driver’s license suspension of 6-24 months, monetary obligations (e.g. fines, court courts, etc.) that can easily exceed $1,000 and up to six months in the county jail.
Monroe Charge for Possession of More than 50 Grams of Marijuana
Possession of over 50 grams of marijuana is a fourth degree crime. Since this is an indictable felony offense, the charge must be forwarded to the Superior Court in New Brunswick despite its originating in Monroe. If you are arrested and convicted of fourth degree possession of marijuana, you may be fined up to $10,000, sent to prison for 18 months and face a suspension of your privileges to drive of 6-24 months.
Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana in Monroe Township
The situation gets significantly more serious when possession with is with intent to distribute. The penalties that apply under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5 are much more severe when someone has the intention to sell or distribute marijuana. The charge is always a felony and can be filed as a fourth, third, second or even first degree crime depending on the weight/quantity of marijuana possessed. A full discuss of this subject can be found on our page for distribution of marijuana.
Diversion Programs. A first time offender can apply for diversion of his/her case if they are a first time offender. Conditional discharge is available to those charged with a disorderly persons offense for marijuana possession. Pretrial intervention is the program that is triggered when the marijuana charge is an indictable crime, for example, possession in the fourth degree or possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
Marijuana Possession Lawyer in Monroe Township
Irrespective of the pedigree of marijuana possession you are facing in Monroe Township, a lawyer at our firm has the skills to thoroughly protect you. The attorneys on our team have decades of experience representing clients charged with marijuana use, possession and intent to distribute. If you would like to speak with an attorney with the knowledge that is necessary to insure that you have the best chance of achieving a favorable result, call us anytime for a free consultation.